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National Championships, Birmingham NIA, July 2011

Over 800 competitors converged on the NIA in Birmingham, on July the 23rd and 24th. to decide who was best in Britain in their grade and age group.
Our club, Orbit Milton Keynes, took nine trampolinists to represent themselves and the City. It was a great achievement to qualify to such a demanding and high standard, but now the question was asked, could they compete at the highest level.?

Those whose task this was were;

Cara Stubbs O19 Ladies, Martyn Howard O19 Men’s, Thomas Johnson U19 Men’s, Rebekah Bridge U19 Ladies, Roisin O’Brien U17 girls, Dayle Walker u17 girls, Hollie Leung U15 girls, Lewis Wheeler U15 boys, and Hogan Leung U15 boys.

The tension of the occasion was tremendous, and nerves were jangling, but none of our cloud nine fell to earth, all managed their routines. BUT, some performed with a touch of flair and brilliance, giving us 4 podium places!!

In some groups there were 40 competitors, so medals would be hard to take.

In the under 17 girls Dayle Walker pegged her way up from a terrific 4th. place on the Saturday to 3rd. on the Sunday and a well deserved spot in the lime light. Her routines wowed the judges from start to finish.

In the under 15 boys Lewis Wheeler pulled out a spectacular routine to emerge from 5th. place on the Saturday to 2nd. place on the Sunday and his moment of glory.
However, his team mate and close rival, Hogan Leung went one better, rising from 3rd. place to 1st. by just one tenth of a mark, pulling out a marvelous routine in the eleventh hour. He is now the boys new British Champion. Fantastic.

There was still more to come in the form of TJ Thomas Johnson, who went into the lead on Saturday and began Sunday with everything to lose. Having given the best performance in the under 19s on Saturday we wondered what he had left, but need not have feared. TJ gave an even better show on the Sunday leaving his rivals more than a whole mark in his wake. He is now the new under 19s British Champion. Also fantastic.

This was a great weekend for the performers, their parents and their coaches, but they needed the encouragement of our supporters who were all highly appreciated. Thanks to every body.

What is remarkable is that we train on ‘yesterday’s’ equipment and desperately need competition standard machines. These don’t come cheaply, and we need sponsorship, funding, or a grant to help. If there is anybody out there who can help please call us on
01908 313048.